The Spanish team left Qatar’2022 yesterday in a repeat of Russia’s 2018 round of 16, falling again on penalties after a competition in which they were only able to win one of their four matches, against Costa Rica. 7-0, the biggest win in their history, adding to their poor run of form at the World Cup, in which they have managed only three wins since being declared champions in South Africa in 2010.
The national team’s victories since the magical night in Johannesburg, when Andres Iniesta’s extra-time goal against the Netherlands gave them their first and only World Cup, have only come against teams bottom of the FIFA rankings.
Spain made the worst possible defense of the crown in Brazil’2014, with Vicente del Bosque as coach, bowing out after losing their first two matches against the Netherlands (the ‘Oranje’ had a tough 1-5 revenge ) and Chile, beating Nothing at Stake, Australia.
Four years later, Russia’s 2018 earthquake was followed by the sacking of Julen Lopetegui hours after his debut (as it was announced that he was signing for Real Madrid and that he would be stepping down after the World Cup). were) and an interim commitment like Fernando Hierro, the national team left the championship after only (and in agony) defeating Iran (1–0) and a round of 16 match against Portugal, Morocco and Russia , Shooting only to fall into a penalty.
With Luis Enrique Martínez in control, in his first World Cup as national coach, the team was not able to change the poor dynamics, and in Qatar they won the opening round by thrashing Costa Rica 7–0. At most in the tournament, they drew against Germany, lost against Japan and again paid dearly for a goalless draw against Morocco in the round of 16, and missed three penalty shootouts.